Tag Archives | Jim Gilroy

UNM-Taos: Opportunities to embrace

After commencement, UNM-Taos graduates hurried to the Sagebrush Inn patio for a reception. Graduation is a special time in Taos, coming as it does just as winter is turning to spring, new growth is replacing old, and students from Pre-K to the post-doctoral level pause to celebrate their success and contemplate their next move. This […]

UNM-Taos: Celebrating success

The numbers are still coming in, but it looks like, for the second fall semester in a row, UNM-Taos has topped the 1,800 mark in enrollment. If you count the summer session, this means that we are likely to serve upwards of 4,000 students in the 2014-2015 school year. This is quite an accomplishment, especially […]

“If I can do it, you can, too”

May 11 is graduation day at UNM-Taos—or, because it signifies the beginning of something just as much as it marks a completion, it might more appropriately be called a commencement ceremony. Executive Director Dr. Kate O’Neill says it is her favorite day of the year. Fully 210 students will cross the stage May 11, shaking […]

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros

“If you don’t know how to read, you only learn what someone tells you.” That’s the attention grabber the American Library Association uses to underscore the importance of literacy for individuals, and, by extension, for communities and for society as a whole. Thomas Jefferson and quite a few others over the centuries have taken this […]

UNM-Taos’ Dr. David Chavez wins Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award

On November 28 US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the winners of the prestigious 2011 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. Each of the nine recipients received a gold medal, a citation and $20,000 for “their outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the Department of Energy and its missions,” according to a press release. “These […]

The wave of the future at UNM-Taos

He will still be around for another year, but as most people know, Jim Gilroy has decided to step down as UNM-Taos Dean of Instruction in 2012. “Words can’t convey what a remarkable job he has done as dean over the years,” Executive Director Dr. Kate O’Neill said in an interview last week. “He is […]

A fresh start for the fall

“Lately, my favorite saying is, ‘Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape.’” Executive Director Dr. Kate O’Neill’s comment at the UNM-Taos faculty orientation last Saturday fairly summed up the feelings of uncertainty and deep concern swirling around higher education in the past few months. O’Neill reported that she and […]

Best practices: partnering with UNM-Taos

By now most Taos residents are aware of the current strategy of cutting public school and higher education budgets in order to pay off state deficits, and the loss of jobs this policy has already caused. On the local level, well over a million dollars per year in salaries and benefits has been lost in […]

UNM-Taos: onward and upward

“The community college is a vital link between worlds,” observed UNM-Taos Executive Director Dr. Kate O’Neill after the 2011 commencement ceremonies, “and our graduation exercises are truly a community celebration. We are proud to play a part in helping people discover themselves and what life holds for them.” May 13 Bataan Hall was filled to […]

For the record

Amid the turmoil of a contentious legislative session and the uncertainty of a new funding formula being considered for higher education, UNM-Taos students are coming down the home stretch in record numbers to wrap up the spring semester, complete their finals and celebrate their successes in the 2011 commencement exercises March 13. Although UNM-Taos is […]